Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Pale straw/white gold hue. Fresh and flinty aromas of grapefruit, hazelnut, flint, and nectarine. The palate is bright with white peach, stone fruits, citrus peel and honey with salivating saline characters. This is an unfiltered wine with small amounts of sediment. Please allow the bottle to stand and before pouring. Decanting will allow maximum expression of aroma and purity of fruit to emerge. Drink now to 2026.
This Black Estate Home Young Vines Chardonnay was grown on our 1.0 Ha vineyard located 6 kilometres North East of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. This is a north facing sedimentary clay fan on a gentle hill side slope, that sits above the original older Chardonnay vines. The Home Vineyard is fully certified organic with BioGro.
All grapes were whole bunch pressed over a 4 hour press cycle. The pressed juice was transferred without sealing to seasoned 500L barrels made from tight grained French oak. No additions were made to the juice except vineyard derived yeast propagated from a vineyard starter from the Home vineyard The wine matured on fermentation lees and then went through full Malo-lacGc fermentation in early spring. The wine was blended to tank are 11 months in barrel, allowed to settle and then bottled without fining or filtration. 65 ppm of sulphur Dioxide (sulphites) was added."
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Certified organic and gloriously golden in the glass, this slightly cloudy, seriously sexy, citrus-saturated unfined, unfiltered chardonnay from the great folk at Black Estate. The fruit is handpicked and the ferment is kickstarted by yeasts present in the canopy itself then 100% fermented in barrel, given some cool, dark, sleepy time in those barrels, then gently eased into the bottle a year down the track. The result is a generously juicy, pineapple and peach-packed chardonnay stitched together with grapefruit gorgeousness and tangelo-induced tension. So so good!"